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Social Worker Policy Developer: Substance Abuse

Western Cape Government

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Job Title:
Social Worker Policy Developer: Substance Abuse
Department of Social Development
Salary level OSD

Mr D. Cowley at (021) 483 6296

Job Purpose:
The Department of Social Development, Western Cape Government seeks to employ a suitably qualified and competent individual to develop, assess, implement and maintain social work policies. The successful incumbent must possess the following personal attributes: Problem-solving, Conflict resolution and analytical thinking. This post is based in Cape Town.

Minimum Requirements:
Formal tertiary qualification in Social Work (e.g. Bachelor of Social Work) that allows professional registration with the South African Council for Social Service Professions; Compulsory registration with SACSSP as a Social Worker; A minimum of 8 years’ appropriate experience in Social Work after registration as a Social Worker with the South African Council for Social Service Professions;

Proof of first registration as a Social Worker with the SACSSP must be submitted with your online application.


Key Performance Areas:
Develop, implement and maintain social work policies aimed at substance abuse; Uniform Funding Cycle (UFC) process; Suspending of UFC funding; Appeal process regarding UFC; Monitor and evaluate NPO’s compliance against signed Transfer payment Agreement (TPA) and compliance against Legislative/ Programme Specific norms and standards/ regulatory framework; Rapid response following complaints/ enquiries about NPO’s or a concern raised; Registration/ Designation of facilities/ NPO’s/ child-headed households/ shelters and drop-in centres in terms of the relevant legislation; Accreditation, registration and monitoring of programmes; Monitoring of service activation in relation to a victim of crime as per relevant legislation; Appeal process; Stakeholder Relationship and Relationship Management; Keep up to date with new developments in the social work field; High level administrative functions.

Knowledge of the following: Analytical, diagnostic, assessment policies, tools, evaluation methods and processes; Social work legislation; Social work theory and interventions; Information and Knowledge Management; Protocol and professional ethics; Project planning skills; Monitoring and evaluation skills; Communication (written and verbal) skills in at least two of the three official languages of the Western Cape; Proven computer literacy; Organising and planning skills; Project planning skills; Ability to compile complex reports; Policy analysis and development skills; Professional counselling.

Grade 1: R 344 184 – R385 644 per annum;
Grade 2: R 409 137 – R 549 837 per annum (OSD as prescribed).

Note on remuneration:
Cost-to-employer (CTE) remuneration packages for certain occupation-specific dispensations (OSD), the middle-management service (MMS) and contract positions are inclusive of all costs related to service benefits or obligations including basic salary, 13th cheque, medical assistance, housing assistance, pension-fund contributions, etc. MMS remuneration packages are flexible and may be individually structured as prescribed. Where remuneration is not indicated as CTE, employees’ service benefits or obligations are funded or co-funded in terms of the applicable prescripts or collective agreements.

Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit copies of their documentation for verification purposes. These candidates will be required to attend interviews on a date and time as determined by the department.

The selection process will be guided by the EE targets of the employing department.